Opportunities for reducing on-farm energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in sugarcane

Baillie, Craig and Chen, Guangnan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8460-9224 (2012) Opportunities for reducing on-farm energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in sugarcane. In: 34th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT 2012), 1-4 May 2012, palm Cove, Australia.


Agricultural producers are currently aware of increasing energy costs associated with diesel and electricity. This has occurred at a time where the scientific and political debate on climate change is ongoing and there is conjecture on the best policy instruments to be used in response. In parallel to this discussion, the on farm assessment of direct energy inputs (i.e. diesel and electricity) enables farmers to react positively to the potential of rising energy costs while contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gasses (GHGs) regardless of the scientific and policy debate surrounding climate change and emissions reduction.
Previous work undertaken by the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA) has studied direct on farm energy use across a number of industries and crops including sugarcane to understand the range, costs and contributions of energy use to crop production and greenhouse gas emissions. The results from this work showed that energy use varies depending on the cropping enterprise and the farming system and that there are significant opportunities to reduce energy, costs and GHG emissions (i.e. economic and environmental benefits).
Specifically this work has identified significant savings in energy and GHGs for both a refinement in practices (i.e. up to 30 % for irrigation) and a change in practice (i.e. up to 20% in plant cane through minimum tillage) through energy assessments. This work identified potential savings in average energy costs of $30 to $100/ha is practically achievable. It is evident that there is substantial scope to improve energy use efficiency in sugarcane production systems.

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Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2013 04:30
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 02:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: sugarcane; energy; greenhouse gas emissions; farming systems
Fields of Research (2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140201 Agricultural Economics
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300210 Sustainable agricultural development
38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380101 Agricultural economics
40 ENGINEERING > 4099 Other engineering > 409901 Agricultural engineering
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8203 Industrial Crops > 820304 Sugar
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23368

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